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Health officials investigate 3 new Zika cases in Florida

Zika virus is mainly transmitted through mosquitoes. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Florida, United States Aug 31, 2016, 02.09 AM (IST)
Florida health officials on Tuesday said that they were investigating three new Zika virus cases.

They were likely stemming from local mosquito bites in Miami-Dade county. Only one of these cases was linked to Miami beach.

The total number of non-travel- related cases in the state now stands at 46, the Florida Department of Health data states.

"One case does not mean ongoing active transmission is taking place," the department said.

It believes ongoing transmission is only taking place in parts of Miami Beach and the Miami neighborhood of Wynwood, the site of the first local Zika transmission in the United States.

Health department workers have been going door-to-door in Pinellas, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties to create awareness among residents about the virus and offer voluntary tests.

The Zika virus was first detected in Brazil last year and has now spread across the Americas. The virus poses a risk to pregnant women and can cause severe birth defects, including microcephaly.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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